Kevin Nolan praised his team for the way they ground out a 2-0 win over Stevenage at Meadow Lane.
Jorge Grant came off the bench to strike the opening goal with his 18th of the season and the three points were sealed by Shola Ameobi minutes later.
And the manager was delighted with the way his team stuck to the task of breaking down the resilient visitors.
"The players have found a way to win the game today and that is a fantastic trait to have," he said.
"It was never going to be smooth sailing and we have had performances where we have not hit the high notes of previous months.
"But we have to start building back towards that and today was a clear sign that everyone is in it together.
"I thought our little bits of quality shone through."
Following a seven-month match for the Magpies, the County boss is looking forward to a more relaxed schedule in the coming weeks, allowing the players more time to recover as they approach the end of the Sky Bet League Two season.
"The lads are going to have a good couple of days off to go home, recuperate, relax and have some time away from football because it's been a tough month.
"We have had a game every four days this month and not many teams have done that so we have to make sure we get these lads fully rested and recharged for another tough game at Cheltenham next Saturday."